Nintendo has released a new trailer for Yoshi's Crafted World. The game's story takes a center focus in the video, and the release date has been confirmed. Crafted World will launch on March 29th.
The trailer introduces us to the Sundream Stone, a relic that houses five gems. According to legend, the Sundream Stone can grant a user's wish. This stone is housed on Yoshi's Island, but something like this is going to attract less friendly characters. Baby Bowser and Kamek arrive with the intention of taking the Sundream Stone. An ensuing tug of war leads to the stone unleashing its gems across various worlds. This is where the trailer leaves us. It looks like Yoshi will be traveling through five worlds (based on the gemstone count and what the video shows) to outrace Baby Bowser.
All of the marketing for Crafted World has been about the gameplay, so it's good to see a trailer highlighting the story. With aesthetics similar to Yoshi's Woolly World and Kirby's Epic Yarn, the plot was obviously going to take a backseat in favor of providing a gameplay-focused adventure with a unique, cuddly art style. Although some may find the use of Baby Bowser again grating (he has been an antagonist in every main Yoshi game), the levels will likely be the main selling point. Plus, this game will be many young players' first foray into a Yoshi game.
Yoshi's Crafted World was originally supposed to release in 2018, but was delayed. The game will feature local co-op play. A big new feature is the ability to explore stages backwards, "on the flip side," as Nintendo describes it. You can flip the stages and find secrets. Also, you can aim your Yoshi eggs at enemies in both the background and foreground. While the game is primarily a side-scroller, there will be 3D elements. In the game's original 2017 trailer, a boss fight against a dragon is shown, and Yoshi is able to move around semi-freely.
It has been a number of years since Yoshi received a critically acclaimed game. Woolly World has a respectable 78 on Metacritic, but that pales in comparison to the Yoshi's Island port on Game Boy Advance, with a score of 91. Nintendo has yet to make a Yoshi game that reaches the quality of Yoshi's Island. Crafted World doesn't appear to be challenging or have an engrossing story, but it doesn't necessarily need those things to be good. Good-Feel's most acclaimed game, Kirby's Epic Yarn, is appreciated because it offered an experience that was beautiful for both kids and adults. It remains to be seen if Crafted World can deliver that same feeling of wonder.
Yoshi's Crafted World will be released for Nintendo Switch on March 29th. If you missed out on Kirby's Epic Yarn on Wii, the 3DS port will be released on March 8th.